Winter 2017

Design’s ugly truths

The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication

By Ruben Pater
BIS, €14.95, £12.95


I have a shelf full of books preaching sermons clearly addressed towards the choir of those already converted by the gospel of design’s socio-political potential. Dutch designer Ruben Pater’s pocket-sized The Politics of Design plays an entirely different game. This is a small book that makes one big claim, spelled out in oversized letters from the start: ‘This book is not about the design of propaganda or political parties. Rather it acknowledges that all design is political.’


Top: Cover of The Politics of Design.

Peter Buwert, design ethics researcher, educator, Edinburgh

Read the full version in Eye no. 93 vol. 24, 2017


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